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WSOP: Jose-Luis Velador Wins Event No. 32

Velador Leads Wire to Wire For His First Bracelet


Jose Luis VeladorL.A. cash game pro Jose-Luis Velador came into the final table with a massive chip lead and with relatively ease took out most of his opponents to claim his first WSOP bracelet. Velador had a bit of trouble putting away second place finisher Anthony Signore, but ultimately his big stack prevailed as he took home the nearly $600,000 first place prize.

Here were the chip counts heading into the final table:

Jose Velador - 1,898,000
Dany Georges - 1,202,000
Utsab Saha - 964,000
Jae Chung - 720,000
Anthony Signore - 701,000
Shane Stacey - 653,000
Osmin Dardon - 487,000
Dean Bui - 217,000
Justin Huffman - 150,000

Here are highlights from all of the action, as featured in’s live coverage of the final table:

Dean Bui Doubles Up Through Dany Georges

Dany Georges raised to 55,000 under the gun and Dean Bui moved all in for 147,000. Georges made the call and showed A8, but he was behind to Bui's pocket jacks. The board ran out K93Q8 and Bui doubled up to  just over 300,000.

Justin HoffmanJustin Hoffman Eliminated in Ninth Place ($54,464)

Justin Hoffman moved all in on the extreme short stack and was called by Dean Bui. Hoffman revealed J8 but was slightly behind Bui's K3. The board bricked out for Hoffman when it came A10745 and he was eliminated in ninth place.

Utsab Saha Eliminated in Eighth Place ($77,051)

Jose Velador raised to 60,000 and Utsab Saha minraised to 120,000 from the big blind. Velador reraised to 370,000 and Saha moved all in. Velador called with pocket queens and Saha was in trouble with A10. The board came KJJ26 and Saha was eliminated in eighth place.

Dany Georges Eliminated in Seventh Place ($100,638)

Dany Georges open shoved all in for 488,000 from middle position and Dean Bui called from the blinds with pocket sixes. Georges showed AJ, but the board came K10373 to eliminate him in seventh place.

Dean BuiDean Bui Eliminated in Sixth Place ($132,088)

In a massive cooler during a battle of the blinds, Dean Bui limped in the small blind and Jose Velador raised to 79,000. Bui called and the flop came K107. Bui checked and Velador bet 90,000. Bui decided to just call and the turn was the 4. Both players checked and the river was the 9. Bui bet 255,000 and Velador put him all in. Bui called instantly, turning over a set of tens, but Velador held the better hand with a set of kings. Bui was eliminated in sixth place.

Shane Stacey Eliminated in Fifth Place ($166,682)

Shane Stacey and Osmin "Odie" Dardon got it all in on a flop of Q98. Dardon showed down pocket tens, but was behind to Stacey's AQ. The turn was the 6 giving Dardon more straight outs, and he connected when the river was the 7. Stacey was eliminated in fifth place.

Jae ChungJae Chung Eliminated in Fourth Place ($204,427)

Jae Chung was all in preflop for his last 280,000 and both Osmin Dardon and Jose Velador made the call. They both checked down a board of KJ2J4 and split the pot when they both showed K-10. Chung couldn't beat it and he was eliminated in fourth place.

Osmin Dardon Eliminated in Third Place ($243,734)

Osmin DardonJose Velador raised to 100,000 and Osmin Dardon reraised to 300,000. Velador moved all in and Dardon called. Velador held QQ and was racing against Dardon's AK. The board ran out J72109 and Velador's flush eliminated Dardon in third place.

Heads Up Play Begins

Jose Velador - 5.8 million
Anthony Signore - 1.1 million

Anthony Signore Doubles Up

Anthony SignoreOn the short stack Anthony Signore gets it all in with A9 against Jose Velador's pocket sevens. The board comes KKKAQ and Signore doubled to 2.5 million. Velador still holds a 2-1 chip lead with 4.5 million.

Jose Velador Takes It Back

After getting almost even, Anthony Signore made a mistep to give Jose Velador back his monster chip lead. Velador raised to 125,000 and Signore called. The flop came AJ9 and Singore bet 200,000. Velador called and the turn was the 7. This time, Velador bet 400,000 and Signore thought for a bit before calling. The river was the Q and Signore bet 600,000. Velador quickly announced all in to take the pot. Signore lost almost 1.4 million on the hand.

Jose Velador Wins Event No. 32 ($573,734)

Anthony Signore moved all in and Jose Velador made the call. Signore showed A6 but was behind to Velador's A7. The board ran out A10736 and Velador is a new WSOP champion. Anthony Signore finished in second place, earning $366,387.

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